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The Charge of the Light Brigade

  • Documentary and factual
  • War
  • 1968
  • Tony Richardson
  • 124 mins
  • PG

Summary

Historical drama starring Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings and John Gielgud, set in 1854 during the Crimean War. As the British ruling classes decide to do battle with Russia, a young captain finds himself in a verbal crossfire with brutal Lord Cardigan, commander of the renowned Light Brigade. Soon the troops are shipped to the Crimea and prepare for confrontation against the Russian artillery and 20,000 of their soldiers.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

The desperate charge of 1854, immortalised by Tennyson, is etched deep in our national psyche as a blunder of heroic proportions. Tony Richardson's film of the event was a failure on release, but is now regarded as a masterpiece, filled with extraordinary set pieces and chillingly funny performances, notably from John Gielgud and Trevor Howard. It is a blistering satire on the British establishment - those bickering, blithering aristocrats who paid for their commissions and then picnicked as their men were mown down by Russian cannons. Richardson and his writer Charles Wood are less concerned with the "reason why" than with the social context, a theme mirrored by Richard Williams's witty cartoon sequences. And the charge itself, brilliantly edited by Kevin Brownlow and Hugh Raggett, evokes the terrible carnage as pure chaos. A stunner in every way.

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Credits

Cast

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Lord CardiganTrevor Howard
Clarissa CodringtonVanessa Redgrave
Captain NolanDavid Hemmings
Lord RaglanJohn Gielgud
Lord LucanHarry Andrews
Mrs DuberlyJill Bennett
Paymaster DuberlyPeter Bowles
Captain MorrisMark Burns
Sir George BrownHoward Marion-Crawford
AireyMark Dignam
MoggAlan Dobie
SquireWilloughby Goddard
William Howard RussellT P McKenna
FeatherstonhaughCorin Redgrave
Mrs CodringtonRachel Kempson

Crew

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DirectorTony Richardson

Details

Languages
English | Russian | French
Guidance
Violence, racist references.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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